The Two Maps Below Show an Island

Lilie King

Lilie King

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The two maps below show an island, before and after the construction of some tourist facilities.

This essay question is from Cambridge IELTS 9 Test 1 Writing Task 1.

the two maps below show an island before and after the construction of some tourist facilities

Sample Essay

The two maps display an island before and after some tourist facilities were constructed.

Overall, with the construction of different types of facilities, the island has been transformed into a tourist attraction where people can stay, eat, play and easily get around.

The island is about 250 meters long. Before development started, it only had a beach along its western coast and some stands of palms near its eastern and western ends. These natural features remain unchanged after development.

However, two accommodation areas with footpaths have been built in the center and west of the island respectively. The footpaths in the western accommodation area have been extended westward to the beach where people can now go swimming.

Between the two accommodation areas is reception, which is surrounded by a vehicle track. This track connects with the footpaths west of it, and extends northward to a new restaurant and southward to a new pier. The eastern part of the island remains unspoilt.

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How to Write the Overview Paragraph

Overall, with the construction of different types of facilities, the island has been transformed into a tourist attraction where people can stay, eat, play and easily get around.

By “stay”, I mean accommodation. By “eat”, I mean the restaurant. By “play”, I mean the beach where people can now go swimming. By “easily get around”, I mean the pier, vehicle track, and footpaths. I just briefly write about all the new facilities without going into too much detail.

Why I Mentioned the Palm Trees

“The first map is described only briefly”

The quote above is the comment that the examiner gave to the essay in the Cambridge IELTS book.

The candidate mentions the beach and the length of the island in his essay. The only thing he doesn’t mention is those palm trees.  I guess this is what the examine means by “the first map is described only briefly”.

Common Mistakes

“Reception” is not countable. Usually it is just “reception”.  But you could use it attributively, and then the following noun will require an article: “the reception building“.

Incorrect: Between the two accommodation areas is the reception.
Correct:    Between the two accommodation areas is reception.
Correct:    Between the two accommodation areas is the reception building.

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9 Responses

  1. The given maps provide information about how an island has been changed the contrucstion of several tourist facilities. It is evident that the island became more modern with the emergence of the construction of leisure facilities.
    It can be seen from the first map that the island was surrounded by sea and a small beach without any facilities are constructed. In the East and the West had some coconut trees while in the centre was an empty space.
    After the construction and development, the trees still standed as it did in the past. Constructor introduced a reception in the middle, which surrounded by new vehicle track that also led to pier in the south and led to a restaurant in the north. There were two new accomodation areas which built in the East and the opposite side that surrounding footpaths. The one in the West had been constructed footpaths that led to the small beach where had the appearance of swimming area.

  2. An island when it was unexplored by humans and after made it as tourist attraction, has been illustrated by the two maps.
    Overall, many facilities were introduced for tourists on island after the construction which has included accommodation, restaurant, pier. Strikingly, construction was done without damaging nature and environment.
    It is vivid from the maps that an island has seemed as undiscovered before facilitate new features for tourists.Then, restaurant has built for visitors in the north. Restaurant and reception have connected by vehicle track which has further attached to pier where people visit for boating.
    Moreover, small houses are constructed in elliptical shape in west and east. Footpaths are made for going at these accommodations, but in the west, footpath is connected to reach on beach for swimming. Interestingly, the construction was done by keeping an eye on the protection of environment as trees do not demolish to make any building.

    1. Yes, sorry. Reception is indeed uncountable. But you definitely need “there”
      Between the two accommodation areas, THERE is A reception area.
      Between the two accommodation areas, THERE is A reception office.

      1. Hi, thanks for your question. The sentence is inverted. ‘There’ is not needed. ‘Reception’ is the subject.
        Between the two accommodation areas is reception.

        Here is another example:
        On the east side of the building is Capitol Park.

  3. Good day ma’am.
    How do we generate ideas in writing? Any strategies to that effect?
    And again, should overview (overall statement) come on the second paragraph of the writing task 1 or at the last paragraph?

    1. Hi, Grant. I listen to podcasts to help me get ideas. I recommend WSJ Tech News Briefing. Practice is also very important. Many topics are similar and many ideas can be used again and again. Also, the first idea that comes to mind may not be easy to expand. Weigh your options before you start writing.

      Either the second or the last paragraph can be the overview paragraph. But I prefer to write the overview in the second paragraph.

      I hope this helps!

    1. If you have any specific questions about IELTS writing, please feel free to ask in the comments and I’ll do my best to respond.

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